CPD Y Rhyl 1879 has secured a two-year lease extension to play at Belle Vue as negotiations to purchase the historic stadium continue.

The newly formed tier four side, which is yet to kick a ball in a competitive or friendly fixture due to coronavirus restrictions on matches, hopes to acquire the 3,000-capacity ground as its permanent home.

The lease will mean that its men’s and women’s teams play all their home games for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 campaigns on the Grange Road pitch.

Negotiations to purchase the storied ground from owner David Butters are ongoing with all parties having agreed to a price of £450,000. The club is working with consultants Just Solutions to explore its investment options, including an investment partner.

In a statement, CPD Y Rhyl 1879 said: “The priority remains for the management committee in securing the famous Belle Vue stadium back from private ownership for the club, our fans and for our wider community.

“Club officials continue to work with consultants Just Solutions on exploring all investment options in looking to partner with someone who will meet with our ambitions on and off the pitch as the new club wants to establish the club at the heart of the local community.”

CPD Y Rhyl 1879, which was established in the NWCFA Tier 4 (East) Premier Division in May last year, has high expectations to move up the Welsh footballing pyramid with a five-year plan in place to set up youth and reserves teams.

It was set up by former Rhyl FC supporters after the 141-year-old club was dissolved due to financial turmoil in April. The Lilywhites had an illustrious history including two Welsh Premier League titles, four Welsh Cup wins and two Welsh League Cup wins.

Adam Roche, CPD Y Rhyl 1879 managing director, said: “The extension is great news and testament to all the hard work by all of volunteers and especially chairman Tom Jamieson behind the scenes during a very difficult and turbulent 12 months.

“We remain relentless in our ambition as we continue to look to secure Belle Vue from private ownership back for our club to ensure its long-term sustainability, our fans to have the best home possible and our local community to have a place that serves their needs throughout the week.

“The lease extension is part of our plan to ensure we can continue with our investment conversations as we look to secure the stadium as a club or with a partner who can align to our ambitions on and off the pitch.

“Belle Vue has so much rich history and deserves to be hosting the biggest games in Welsh football whilst also being central to our local community needs. We’ve had a hugely progressive last few weeks as we have started playing football again after lockdown as we continue to develop local footballing talent.”